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Luke Accepts Plea Deal – Two Years in Prison, Eight Years Probation and Exile

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Today, Luke accepted a negotiated non-cooperating plea deal and was sentenced to two years in prison and eight years of probation. As a last minute addition to this plea deal, Judge Markle added that Luke was to be banned from the state of Georgia, save one county, for the duration of his probation. Luke was taken away from us to prison immediately after court.

This end to the case surprised many of us. It was only two weeks ago that we were alerted to the fact that Luke’s trial would begin this soon. After that notice, events continued to unfold rapidly and chaotically.  The prosecution officially offered Luke this plea deal last Thursday.  Luke was placed in a very difficult position, facing decades in prison if convicted by a jury. He decided not to risk such a long sentence, but rather to accept the manageable sentence of two years in prison, and eight years of probation. (more…)

Luke Self-Defense Hearing Set for July 1st

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Luke had a status hearing at the courthouse today where we learned that his self-defense hearing will be held on July 1st at 9am. Everyone who can show up to court should, as this will be an important date for Luke. His legal team will be arguing that he should be immune from prosecution because he was acting in self-defense. If you are able to come please show up dressed for court. It will be held at:

Fulton County Superior Court

185 Central Ave

Atlanta, GA 30303

Courtoom 5B

The Homosexual Agenda Presents: A benefit for Luke O’Donovan

Benniforourboy (1)-page-001Fri, March 28, 2014

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

The Pinhook

117 W. Main St.
Durham, NC, 27701
Durham, NC

$5 – $10 Sliding Scale

The benefit is for the Luke O’Donovan Support Committee. Luke is a young queer person living in Atlanta who was attacked by over 10 homophobic men on New Year’s Eve of 2013. In the process of the attack, six people, including Luke were stabbed. Luke is now facing 5 counts of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. If convicted Luke is facing up to 100 years in prison. Because the charges are so severe, Luke has amassed a large amount of legal fees. Come show your support against queerbashing and for self-defense.

For more info head to letlukego.wordpress.com

 

Luke O’Donovan Update

From letlukego

Luke-is-the-fucking-greatest-300x300It has been over a year since Luke was arrested and charged with five felonies after being assaulted on New Year’s Eve. We apologize for the long delays between updates. Luke’s case has been moving very slowly. He has had only one minor court appearance since his release in January of 2013.

We write now to publicize Luke’s next court date, which will be a motions hearing set forThursday, January 30th at 10am. At court, Luke’s lawyers will argue for Luke to be granted a Self-Defense Immunity Hearing, where a case would be made for Luke having acted in self-defense. If a Self-Defense Immunity Hearing finds that Luke did indeed act in self-defense, Luke would be immune from prosecution under Georgia law.

So far we have raised over $9,000 to cover Luke’s lawyer fees, bond, and other court and jail costs. There have been fundraisers across the country, and for this we are grateful. Unfortunately, we still need $4,000 to cover the rest of Luke’s legal fees from now through any potential trial. Any and all donations will be appreciated. If you can’t contribute by yourself, please consider holding an event to raise money. Previous events to raise money have included a dinner and movie, dance parties, poster sales, and shows. You can donate here.

 

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